The Archdiocese of Boston has ordered a priest to stop demonstrations outside the home of the state Senate president, protests the priest said were necessary because of the politician's support of embryonic stem cell research.
The Rev. Thomas DiLorenzo and several parishioners recently spent several days demonstrating outside Sen. Robert E. Travaglini's duplex, singing hymns, carrying rosary beads and displaying signs with slogans such as "Stop Playing God" and "This is all about money."
DiLorenzo said he was told to stay away after he wrote Travaglini a letter that mentioned one of the Democratic senator's children. The priest said he did not consider his letter threatening, but church officials told him the senator's wife took the letter to police.
Travaglini's legislation promoting stem cell research in Massachusetts passed the state House and Senate with veto-proof margins nearly a month ago.